IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note Thu, 26 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Editor's note 11/26/15 Editor's note 11/26/15
Having failed to win legislative approval for term limits, Gov. Bruce Rauner is running his own housecleaning operation. He’s appointed all three of Sangamon County’s veteran House members to staf...]]>
Editor’s note 11/19/15 Editor’s note 11/19/15
 Illinoisans are still getting to know Gov. Bruce Rauner, who seems like a friendly and compassionate man when he’s not cutting children out of day care or closing museums to the public. So it...]]>
Editor's note 11/12/15 Editor's note 11/12/15
This was the week that the ice began melting at the Statehouse. Child care cuts were largely restored. Cuts to home care for seniors were reversed. Unemployment compensation reform may be on the way....]]>
Editor’s note 11/5/15 Editor’s note 11/5/15
 When Donald Trump makes a stop in Springfield next week, he and the national media will get a glimpse of a government run by a wealthy businessman with no political experience. The state is at a...]]>
Editor’s note 10/29/15 Editor’s note 10/29/15
In a day when politicians and officeholders are often scorned, it was good to see the outpouring of honor and respect for Ossie Langfelder, the former mayor, at his funeral. Now political experience i...]]>
Editor’s note 10/15/15 Editor’s note 10/15/15
 In 1986 there were already structural problems with the big new Helmut Jahn-designed state office building in Chicago, opened just a year before. That’s when Adlai Stevenson III, the Democrati...]]>
Editor’s note 10/8/15 Editor’s note 10/8/15
 Sometimes friends get into financial or legal trouble but they’re still friends, and those troubles don’t wipe out the good that they’ve done. We and hundreds of others are sad to see Gold...]]>
Editor's note 10/1/15 Editor's note 10/1/15
It is a relief that Gov. Bruce Rauner has, at least for now, backed off from his bad decision to lay off the staff of the Illinois State Museum, but it’s crazy that he hasn’t backed off his bad de...]]>
Editor’s note 9/24/15 Editor’s note 9/24/15
 Three Springfield-area legislators told their audience at the Better Government Association “Idea Forum” at the Sangamo Club Tuesday they are as frustrated as anyone over the budget impasse....]]>
Editor's note 9/17/15 Editor's note 9/17/15
It seems almost surreal for Springfield to go on with business as usual when there is so much going wrong. The Illinois State Museum is about to shut down for no good reason, homeless shelters through...]]>
Editor's note 9/3/15 Editor's note 9/3/15
When Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed Medicaid funding for heroin addiction treatment, he kept Illinois in the dark ages while many other states are seeing the light. Roosevelt University released a study rec...]]>
Editor's note 8/27/15 Editor's note 8/27/15
Readers, be sure to take a listen to WUIS radio’s Dusty Rhodes’ reporting series “Black and White” on the racially uneven discipline practices in District 186 Springfield Public Schools. The s...]]>
Editor’s note 8/20/15 Editor’s note 8/20/15
 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources entry in last week’s State Fair Twilight Parade was a truck pulling a big trailer carrying one person. Nothing could illustrate better that the onc...]]>
Editor's note 8/13/15 Editor's note 8/13/15
Illinoisans have been lulled into thinking that once the current budget stalemate is resolved, social services will be funded. But, as detailed in this week’s cover story by Patrick Yeagle, the soci...]]>
Editor's note 8/6/15 Editor's note 8/6/15
“As the butter chills to form the State Fair butter cow, service providers and organizations across the state are melting from the heat of the state budget gridlock.” That’s the way a group of t...]]>
Editor's note 7/30/15 Editor's note 7/30/15
House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t being overly dramatic when he told his fellow legislators Tuesday, “We are involved in a historic struggle.” He said the House has passed four separate bills...]]>
Editor’s note 7/23/15 Editor’s note 7/23/15
 Voters always complain that political campaigns are too long, but it is in the course of a long campaign that a candidate’s true character, or lack of it, often emerges. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s...]]>
Editor’s note 7/16/15 Editor’s note 7/16/15
 In his appearance at the Presidential Library Tuesday, one of the great liberals of Illinois politics, Abner Mikva, set many of us to reminiscing as he told stories from his 10 years in the Illi...]]>
Editor’s note 7/9/15 Editor’s note 7/9/15
 Don’t close the museum, continued. The one and only public hearing on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s crazy proposal to close the Illinois State Museum is 4 p.m. Monday in Room 212 of the Capitol. Those...]]>
Editor’s note 7/2/15 Editor’s note 7/2/15
Museum watch, continued. Kids at the Illinois State Museum summer camp last week got a lesson in irony after Gov. Bruce Rauner, who proposes to close the museum, stopped by for a photo op with them. N...]]>
Editor’s note 6/25/15 Editor’s note 6/25/15
 Amid all the other calamities threatened from the Statehouse, the governor’s proposed closure of the Illinois State Museum may seem like just one more thing that probably won’t happen. Maybe...]]>
Editor’s note 6/18/15 Editor’s note 6/18/15
 Look out, Gov. Bruce Rauner is really mad now. He’s throwing hundreds of thousands of his own dollars at House Speaker Mike Madigan by means of a statewide TV ad campaign. “Mike Madigan and...]]>
Editor’s note 6/11/15 Editor’s note 6/11/15
 People who don’t follow Statehouse debates closely, which is probably most people, likely didn’t realize that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s property tax freeze, voted down in the House this week, ac...]]>
Editor’s note 6/4/15 Editor’s note 6/4/15
Now, out of the blue, Gov. Bruce Rauner is threatening to close the Illinois State Museum in his effort to persuade Democrats to vote for workers compensation reform and other parts of his personal �...]]>
Editor’s note 5/28/15 Editor’s note 5/28/15
Just when we start to think we understand the game now being played at the Statehouse, we learn something that makes us not so sure. At first the Democrats’ position seemed to make perfect sense –...]]>
Editor’s note 5/21/15 Editor’s note 5/21/15
It looks like Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature may not get to see summer this year. They’ll likely be at the Statehouse playing politics, which may be good for Springfield restaurants if bad fo...]]>
Editor’s note 5/14/15 Editor’s note 5/14/15
 Here we go again on Hunter Lake. The outgoing City Water, Light and Power chief says that Springfield needs a second lake to serve as a backup water supply, something former mayor Mike Houston s...]]>
Editor’s note 5/7/15 Editor’s note 5/7/15
Gov. Bruce Rauner was front and center at the Lincoln funeral reenactment events last weekend, proclaiming his admiration for Abraham Lincoln and his ties to Springfield where, the governor said, Linc...]]>
Editor’s note 4/30/15 Editor’s note 4/30/15
For the Funeral Reenactment weekend, there is a lecture about 1860s underwear (3:10 p.m. Saturday at Benedictine) and another on how Springfielders did their laundry 150 years ago (3:40 p.m. Saturday ...]]>
Editor’s note 4/23/15 Editor’s note 4/23/15
As Gov. Bruce Rauner finishes his 100th day of wreaking havoc on the Illinois budget, Illinoisans are beginning to realize they got what they voted for. Rauner has used the authority given him by the ...]]>